While working with my team at Urbis to develop a landscape strategy for Oceanside at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast, ... I reflected on what my childhood taught me about what a child needs.
Nowadays, lots are getting smaller, houses are appearing bigger, there are perceptions of safety concerns limiting freedom, and the impact of OS. What impact does this have on family life and the use of outdoor space?
I believed a smaller lot, albeit with a cleverly designed home, would not have yard space to entertain a family.
Raising a six-, four- and one-year-old, the backyard is our saviour. Just like in my day our yard houses a trampoline, sandpit and balls galore. It is our kids’ sanctuary and our sanity at times. We live in a suburb that almost mirrors my own upbringing – an older home on a large block.
We will outgrow this house. My wife would love a new home on a new estate, but looking at the smaller lot sizes, I’ve had to think about how my children might play in five years’ time.
Really, are kids that different today? They still ride bikes, play cricket, kick footballs, explore, shoot hoops, play video games and require space to run out restless legs. Does the size of a yard matter when our older children are looking for space and independence?
While working with my team at Urbis to develop a landscape strategy for Oceanside at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast, where the lots average approximately 300m2 per block, I reflected on what my childhood taught me about what a child needs.
Our yards are used while our children are young. When they need more supervision, their play is shorter and varied. Then as they grow, our neighbourhoods need to offer a variety of recreational opportunities.